Dec 042019

As leader of the PASS High Availability and Disaster Recovery virtual chapter, I invite you to bring your questions for a mega open Q&A session on Tuesday, December 10th, at 1pm Eastern time. We have assembled one of the largest lineups of SQL Server HA/DR experts in our history, and any question goes! Not in any order, the speakers are:

Bob Pusateri, Database Engineering Lead – Salesforce

Brandon Leach, Vice President Database Operations – Financial Company

David Klee, Founder – Heraflux Technologies

Ed Leighton-Dick, Founder – Kingfisher Technologies

Edwin Sarmiento, Managing Director – 15C

Elizabeth Noble, Database Engineer – Pull-A-Part

Matt Gordon, Architect – Insight

Peter Shore, Database Administrator – Thirty-One Gifts

Rick Lowe, Founder – Data FLowe

Rob Volk, Senior Infrastructure Engineer – RMS Automotive

Taiob Ali, Database Administrator – GMO

Tom Norman, Data Architect – KPA

This open-ended Q&A session will help you answer any questions that you have wondered about or currently fight with on SQL Server and Microsoft data platform high availability and/or disaster recovery. Bring your questions and we have the answers! RSVP today for this free webinar!

Feb 042014


Today John Sterrett (blogtwitter) and I are announcing a new SQL PASS Virtual Chapter dedicated to High Availability and Disaster Recovery topics.

The schedule for this virtual chapter meetings is the second Tuesday of each month at 12pm Central time. Our first meeting will be held next Tuesday, February 11, at noon Central with Ryan Adams (blog | twitter) speaking on SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups Live Deployment. To RSVP for this free event, register here at GoToWebinar!

Please follow the Twitter tag @SQLPASS_HADR for announcements from raid recovery service professionals about upcoming sessions, and check out the home page for the virtual chapter at for details on the future sessions. Make sure to add this new virtual chapter to your PASS dashboard so you get the announcements as they happen!

If you have not participated in the virtual chapters before, check them out here! These virtual user group chapters are a tremendous resource for knowledge and networking in the SQL Server community. I do my best to participate in this new chapter, as well as the virtualization and the performance chapters.

Sep 112013

passEveryone, thank you for attending the SQL PASS Virtualization Virtual Chapter presentation entitled “SQL Server High Availability Options After Virtualization” that I gave today. I do apologize for the screen resolution issues. I think it was an issue with GoToWebinar and the 1080p resolution on my computer, and will get this resolved ASAP!

The slides from today’s session are available to download here, and soon the Virtualization Virtual Chapter should have the webinar recording available to view soon! 

Thank you all for your great attendance! I look forward to presenting more sessions for the SQL PASS virtual chapters. Up next for me is the SQL Saturday in Kansas City this weekend. I will see you there!

Sep 062013

passNext Wednesday I will be delivering a session for the SQL PASS Virtualization virtual chapter entitled “SQL Server High Availability Options After Virtualization“. The session should kick off at 10am Mountain time. Please register for the session here. It will be a blast!

Abstract: We all are intimately familiar with SQL Server’s high availability options – clustering, mirroring, and more recently Availability Groups, just to name a few. But, when you virtualize your SQL Servers, some new technologies available at the VM-layer can be introduced to help maintain or improve your SLAs while simplifying your environment. In this session, we will introduce the high availability features that you can embrace to improve your system uptime. We will also discuss when your SLAs might demand a tighter downtime window than the VM-layer features can deliver, but will show how these features can complement a SQL Server-based high availability configuration to reduce the risk of extended downtime. VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V features and configuration examples will be discussed.

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